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Showgirls (1995)

NC-17 | | Drama | 22 September 1995 (USA)
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Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.

Director:

Paul Verhoeven (as Jan Jansen)

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Berkley ... Nomi Malone
Kyle MacLachlan ... Zack Carey
Gina Gershon ... Cristal Connors
Glenn Plummer ... James Smith
Robert Davi ... Al Torres
Alan Rachins ... Tony Moss
Gina Ravera ... Molly Abrams
Lin Tucci ... Henrietta 'Mama' Bazoom
Greg Travis ... Phil Newkirk
Al Ruscio ... Mr. Karlman
Patrick Bristow ... Marty Jacobsen
William Shockley ... Andrew Carver
Bobbie Phillips ... Dee
Dewey Weber ... Jeff
Rena Riffel ... Penny / Hope
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Storyline

Nomi Malone, a mysterious young girl with the ambition to dance embarks on a journey to Las Vegas to become a showgirl in a high-class hotel show. There she meets Molly, a seamstress at the Stardust Hotel and the two quickly become good friends. She gets a job as a lap dancer at the seedy Cheetah Club but after a chance meeting with Cristal Connors, the star of Goddess, the current show at the hotel where Molly works, Nomi manages to secure an audition for a spot on the chorus line.However she soon realises that fame comes with a price as her friendships, her morals and her soul are put to the test as she works her way up the ladder and eventually becomes the star of the show, stealing Cristal's part. She begins to wonder if all of her work was for nothing and if she can reclaim her life back before it is too late. Written by David Rush

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Taglines:

The side of Vegas you were never mean't to see. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, and for some graphic language and sexual violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coristas See more »

Filming Locations:

Carson City, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,112,627, 24 September 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,302,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,702,961
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Runtime:

| (NC-17)

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DTS-Stereo | Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2013 interview, Paul Verhoeven explained his motives for doing the movie. He did not like Joe Eszterhas's initial script, and passed on the project in favor of doing "Crusade", based on a screenplay by Walon Green and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, that project fell through when Carolco Pictures could not afford to finance both "Crusade" and Cutthroat Island (1995). Since 10 million dollar had already been spent on "Crusade", and Eszterhas already received 4 million dollar for his Showgirls screenplay, Verhoeven felt morally obligated to do Showgirls as a personal favor to Mario Kassar to save Carolco from bankruptcy. Eszterhas' screenplay was extensively re-written with All About Eve (1950) as the main source of inspiration. Verhoeven intended it to be an over-the-top morality tale, populated with only amoral characters (except for the character of Molly (Gina Ravera), with Las Vegas as a metaphor for hypocrisy and extortion. However, the satirical intentions were not picked up by the critics, who regarded the movie as a simplistic portrayal of American culture, and the box office failure of both this movie and 'Cutthroat Island' made the bankruptcy of Carolco inevitable. See more »

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During the infamous pool-sex scene, there are several shots in which it can be plainly seen that Kyle MacLachlan is still wearing white underwear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeff: Hop in, pard!
Nomi Malone: Where are you going?
Jeff: Vegas! Come on! This is your lucky day!
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Somebody New
Written and Performed by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Courtesy of Interscope Records
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Enthralling, and not bad at all
25 July 2004 | by NJtoTXSee all my reviews

I'm glad I didn't turn this off 20 minutes in, thinking that it was basically what I'd heard and expected. Despite all the early embarrassing missteps and clunky lines delivered by Ms Berkeley, the film actually grew into an experience that I didn't want to turn off. It's ten times as good as Striptease.

It's not Citizen Kane, but it's not a soft-core porn version of Rock Star (awful film) either. Most of the characters were well-developed and believable, even it the situations were not. And there's plenty of humor, the vast majority of it intentional.

I'm wondering if most of the heavy derision of the film comes from Puritanical attitudes, rather than from an honest evaluation. If unromanticized sex and heavy nudity -- literally, in the case of one character -- make you (or your viewing companions) uncomfortable, Showgirls probably not for you.

I enjoyed it and would watch it again.


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